06/01/2015 03:37 EDT | Updated 06/01/2016 05:59 EDT

Tories Plan Law To Force Auto Recalls, Fine Companies For Non-Compliance

OTTAWA - Federal Transport Minister Lisa Raitt says car manufacturers can't be trusted to voluntarily recall vehicles when there are safety concerns.

Consequently, she says the federal government plans to give itself the power to force recalls when Canadians' safety is threatened.

Raitt says the government intends to bring in a new vehicle recall law that would also give the government the power to fine companies that don't comply with a recall order.

The announcement comes on the heels of a major recall of 1.5 million cars in Canada over safety concerns from malfunctioning air bags.

The government currently can't force an automaker to recall vehicles, unlike in the United States.

Instead, car makers must tell Transport Canada of defects when they find them.

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